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2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600 Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule with associated service intervals for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600.

The Kawasaki ZZR600 was a sports bike and later a sport-touring motorcycle. The ZX-6 series motorcycle was Kawasaki’s flagship 600 cc model from 1990 to 1994. It was then replaced in 1995 with the ZX-6R as the brand’s 600 cc race replica. In Europe, the model designation differed and was introduced in 1990 as the ZZR600.

This maintenance schedule applies to the following models:

  • 2005 Kawasaki ZZR600
  • 2006 Kawasaki ZZR600
  • 2007 Kawasaki ZZR600
  • 2008 Kawasaki ZZR600

The same 599 cc engine powered the bike from 1990 to 2004, then from 2005 to 2008, it used the engine from the 2004 ZX-6R. ZZR600 in North America, marketed during model years 2003 and 2004 (as well as 2005 in Canada), was based upon a previous generation sportbike (Ninja ZX-6). This indicates the motorcycle is mechanically identical to the earlier motorcycle and differs only in paint schemes.

Maintenance Schedule for 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600

Below is the maintenance schedule for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600.

The following is the list of maintenance operations and to be done on this motorcycle with a time or distance interval — whichever comes earlier.

The maintenance for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600 is broken into two sections: Emission Related, and Non-Emission Related.

Periodic Maintenance Chart

OperationEvery1000 km (600 mi)6000 km (4000 mi)12000 km (7500 mi)18000 km (12000 mi)24000 km (15000 mi)30000 km (20000 mi)36000 km (24000 mi)
Emission Related:
Carburetor synchronization — check †
Idle speed–check †
Throttle grip play–check †
Spark plug–clean and gap †
Valve clearance–check †
Air suction valve — check †
Air cleaner element and air vent filter–clean † #
Evaporative emission control system (c)–check †
Non-Emission Related:
KBrake hose, connections – check †
Brake light switch — check †
Brake pad wear– check † #
Brake fluid level — check †month
KBrake fluid — change2 years
KFuel hose, connections – check †
KSteering –check †
Drive chain wear–check † #
Nuts, bolts, and fasteners tightness — check †
Tire wear–check †
Engine oil–change #6 months
KOil filter–replace
General Lubrication–perform
KFront fork oil–change2 years
Front fork oil leak – check †
Rear shock absorber oil leak – check †
KSwingarm pivot – lubricate
KCoolant–change2 years
Radiator hoses, connections–check †
KSteering stem bearing–lubricate2 years
KBrake master cylinder cup and dust seal–replace4 years
KCaliper piston seal and dust seal–replace4 years
Drive chain–lubricate #Every 600 km (400 mi)
Dive chain slack–check † #Every 1000 km (600 mi)


K: Should be serviced by an authorized Kawasaki dealer
*: For higher odometer readings, repeat at the frequency interval established here
†: Replace. add. adjust, or torque if necessary.
(c): California model only
#: Service more frequently when operation in severe conditions: dusty, wet, muddy, high speed, or frequent starting/stopping

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600

The 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600 has the following tyres and tyre sizes standard (tubeless type):


  • 120/65 ZR17 M/C (56W)
  • DUNLOP “D207F”
  • MICHELIN Radial


  • 180/55 ZR17 M/C (73W)
  • DUNLOP “D207T”
  • MICHELIN Radial

The manual for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600 recommends the following tyre pressures (when cold):

  • Front: 250 kPa/36 psi
  • Rear: 290 kPa/41 psi

General information about the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600

A 599cc, liquid-cooled, inline, four-cylinder engine with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder is the core of the ZZR600 its lively performance. Further enhancing the engine is Kawasaki’s Twin Ram Air Induction system, which takes in cool air via its leading-edge air scoop on the fairing front and forces it to the ZZR600’s airbox and then into its four 36mm carburetors. The carburetors also feature the Kawasaki Throttle Responsive Ignition Control (K-TRIC), which monitors the throttle position and adjusts the ignition timing for the engine’s four spark-plug mounted ignition coils, maximizing the power at every rpm.

The high-tech engine is mated to a close-ratio six-speed transmission, providing the ZZR600 rider with the best gear for any riding situation, from freeway droning to handling some back road twisties. That excellent handling comes from the ZZR600’s chassis, a lightweight aluminum perimeter frame combined with a fully adjustable 46mm cartridge-type front fork and fully adjustable UNI-TRAK® rear suspension. Stopping power is provided by six-piston calipers gripping dual 300mm semi-floating front disc brakes and a 220mm rear disc brake.

The simple, sleek lines of the ZZR600’s aerodynamic bodywork strike an elegant-but-athletic balance with the combination of its aluminum frame, angled front fairing, performance-enhancing air scoop, and three-spoke wheels. Superbly matching this function to form, the ZZR600 makes long-distance rides a pleasure with a stepped flat seat, bars that are easy to reach, and wide mirrors that provide an exceptional view. The entirely electronic ZZR600 instrument cluster includes a speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature gauge, odometer, trip meter, and a digital clock.

Manual for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600

Maintenance Schedule Screenshot From Manual 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600.
User manual screenshot for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the 2005-2008 Kawasaki ZZR600, which is available here.

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